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RFP Announcement: State Projections Partnership looks to add 5-Year Industry and Occupation Products

The demand for medium term (e.g., 5-year) projections continues to increase. According to many customers of labor market information, five-year projections would better assist individuals to make informed career decisions and give policymakers more relevant information for aligning and allocating current and future resources across the education, workforce and economic development systems. At present, states are funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to produce 2-year and 10-year projections of industry and occupational employment growth.  In response to the customer demand, the Projections Managing Partnership (PMP) has issued a Request for Proposal for an Estimation Process for Medium-Term (5-Year) Projections for State and Local Projections Products.

The Projections Managing Partnership (PMP) is a nationally recognized network of state labor market information specialists and experts creating critical information resources for the nation’s workforce system. The PMP serves as the central hub for supporting states as they develop and deliver high-quality state and local employment projections. The PMP has been charged with standardizing methodologies, offering technical assistance, and determining deliverable timetables. With this RFP release, the PMP is seeking the services of a qualified contractor to assist the organization with the development of a robust method to estimate medium-term industry projections and integrate those projections with existing BLS methodology in the production of industry and occupation projections.  These projections will become critical components and complement for the existing Projections Suite software used by the states to produce their official projections.

If you or your organization are interested in responding the RFP, download the RFP for more details.  The deadline to submit is Thursday, May 30, 2019

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364 Days Until Census Day 2020!

CREC Staff attended the Census 2020: Navigating the National and Local Challenges panel discussion hosted by the Brookings Institution to hear legal, demographic, and Census experts discuss possibly the most news covered Decennial. Primary questions from the meeting revolved implications of including the citizenship question in the Decennial Census, cybersecurity, and how to encourage residents to respond.

Former Census Bureau Director John Thompson noted that there is “no basis for the citizenship question” and that agency research indicates that it will decrease the response rate. Brookings Senior Fellow William Frey supported Thompson’s statements by emphasizing the importance of gathering this community data and the impacts it will have on communities’ federal funding, private grant dollars, and resources to serve the right population.

Thompson shared that the Census Bureau was underfunded from 2012 – 2017, so the Bureau prioritized shifting from the traditional paper collection to an automated and online process. He noted the Bureau is constantly working on improving cybersecurity and is committed to keeping residents’ responses safe and confidential.

The second panel facilitated by the National League of Cities’ CEO Clarence Anthony focused on the implications and efforts at the local level to ensure the best data possible is collected. Beth Link, the Director of Census Counts, encouraged communities to educate their elected officials and noted that there will be questionnaire assistance centers to help make the necessary technology accessible to communities where it’s needed and to help answer questions as residents complete the forms.

C2ER and the LMI Institute will continue to monitor 2020 Census preparations and will serve as a resource to our members moving forward. To learn more and hear directly from Census Bureau leadership, join us at the C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Forum June 3 – 7, 2019 in St. Louis.

Resources shared during the discussion include:

Recordings of the Panels can be found below.

Call for WIAC Nominations

Dear Economic and Workforce Development Leaders,

C2ER and the LMI Institute are collaborating with National Association of State and Workforce Agencies (NASWA) to facilitate nominations of State Labor Market Information (LMI) Directors, economic development leaders, Workforce Information Board representatives, academics, and business leaders to serve on the Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC), which was created under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The WIAC is required to have 14 members, appointed by the Secretary of Labor, including four (4) State Workforce Agency LMI Directors, one (1) economic development leader, one (1) Workforce Board representative, one (1) academic researcher, and one (1) business leader.

Please consult the Federal Register Notice for detailed information on the membership of the WIAC, the nominations process, and the nomination requirements. A year ago, the WIAC successfully submitted recommendations to the Secretary of Labor for improving the nation’s workforce and labor market information. C2ER Board Chair, Jennifer Zeller of Georgia Power, and association member Andrew Reamer of George Washington University are among the original WIAC members who helped draft the recommendations.

Action Requested:  If interested, send your nomination materials to Ken Poole (kpoole@crec.net), C2ER and LMI Institute Executive Director, by Thursday, January 31, 2019. Required nomination materials include: a current resume or CV, cover letter, and contact information.

Thanks for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

Ken Poole

New Research on Manufacturing Gains Notice

After decades of decline, the U.S. manufacturing sector is demonstrating its resilience: between 2010 and 2017, the manufacturing sector’s contribution to U.S. GDP grew by 34 percent and U.S. manufacturers added nearly 1 million net new jobs. With this resurgence of manufacturing, state and local leaders are looking beyond traditional incentive-laden business attraction strategies – and are revisiting critical questions about what works in manufacturing policy.

Last year, Economic Development Quarterly, a scholarly journal with an emphasis on local economic development, partnered with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to put together a special issue on manufacturing. CREC’s CEO, Ken Poole, guest edited the special issue, and the first of two volumes was released earlier this month. You can find the introduction here.

Over the next few months, we’ll be featuring articles from the December issue here on our blog. These articles examine:

  • the link between company innovations and profits;
  • MEP models for delivering consulting services to smaller manufacturing firms;
  • strategies for retaining globally mobile companies;
  • the role of design in manufacturing innovations; and
  • the skills and credentials of the manufacturing workforce.

Check in over the next few months as we eagerly anticipate the release of the second volume – so you can find what is interesting to you. Access to the journal articles is through subscription or  individual purchase.

The Opportunity Atlas Collage

Just released to the public this week, Harvard researcher Raj Chetty and team, in conjunction with the Census Bureau have created an interactive tool to explore economic mobility at the neighborhood and Census Tract level – The Opportunity Atlas.

C2ER staff have enjoyed reading up on and playing with the new tool. The list below offers a collage of quick links to articles exploring the analysis it has to offer.

Find anything interesting to share using the tool? We’d love to hear from you!

C2ER Update on Federal Statistics September 2018

Is Congress funding my data?

President Trump’s agenda to cut costs and streamline government has those who use and value Federal statistics concerned about the future of critical agencies we rely on. Frankly, these agencies, such as the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) have been flat funded for almost a decade. Now what? The latest we heard on funding could be dire for BLS and concerning for the Census.  It is crucial that C2ER members communicate to their Senators and Representatives the importance of BLS data to businesses’ decision-making and profitability. For example, Steve Pierson wrote an op-ed in the Washington post on the importance of funding the Bureau of Labor Statistics, providing an important voice in a newspaper undoubtedly read by legislators and their staffers.

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The 58th Annual C2ER Conference and LMI Institute Forum Is Near

Join us in Atlanta for the 58th Annual C2ER Conference and LMI Institute Forum. Click here for the full agenda. For additional information, visit the Conference page. Hope to see you there!

 

State Data Sharing Initiative Reports Released!

We invite you to learn more about how to improve your economic and workforce development outcomes by using evidence to drive decision making.  The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) just released the report, “Advancing State Data Sharing for Better Economic and Workforce Development” and the tool “Legal Guide to Administrative Data Sharing for Economic and Workforce Development” that offer important lessons for states interested in enabling the responsible use of administrative records for program research and analysis.

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Cost of Living Index Contributor Contest

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Cost of Living Index, C2ER is looking for pictures of “Contributors on the Road.” While out collecting prices in their communities, C2ER encourages participants to take pictures and share them on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag, #50yrsCostofLivingIndex and tag C2ER. The organization who shares the picture with the most likes and shares will win a free online COLI calculator widget to embed on your organizations site for one year and a gift card to the individual participant. Please note that any pictures shared may be used in C2ER and COLI marketing materials and must be posted from the beginning of the data collection period through April 30th.

Additionally, if your organization contributed to the Index historically and has any old pictures or mementos that may help us mark the milestone, we’d love to hear from you!

For questions  or comments, please contact Jennie Allison at jallison@crec.net.

 

How Big Data is Affecting Direct Mail Marketing for Real Estate Brokerages

C2ER is happy to welcome guest writer, Tony Gilbert with The REALFX Group

The world of modern real estate marketing is infinitely more targeted, personalized and sophisticated than it used to be, due largely to the ability to obtain and analyze data. Big data, easily collected in the digital world, has opened myriad possibilities and streamlined efforts across the real estate sales and marketing universe to make them more effective.

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